PROTECTING NATURE AND PEOPLE
The Nature Conservancy continues to protect critical connected lands including the woods in which Florida black bears and other wildlife thrive. Bears that live along the borders between the woods and our communities are attracted to our yards by food sources and unsecured trash, sometimes resulting in dangerous interactions for both people and bears.
The simplest and most effective way to reduce human-bear conflicts is to keep food sources and trash secured with bear-proof garbage cans.
The challenge is to create a source for funding to support the nearly 1.3 million households in black bear country that would quickly benefit from using bear proof trash cans and receiving Bear-Wise education.
Avoiding fragmentation and controlling food sources in neighborhoods — not hunting — is the solution to the nuisance-bear problem.
Approximately 3,000 Florida black bears remain in eight isolated habitats throughout the state.
Do you live in bear country? Here are some tips to make your property less interesting to bears.
This wildlife connector is now helping “keep Florida bearable.”